Dr. Kimlyn J. Bender is Professor of Christian Theology at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. His primary area of research is in 19th and 20th century theology with a particular specialty in the theology of Karl Barth, though his publications extend to include work in ethics and philosophy in addition to historical and systematic theology.
He is the author of Reading Karl Barth for the Church: A Guide and Companion (Baker Academic, 2019), Confessing Christ for Church and World: Studies in Modern Theology (IVP, 2014), and Karl Barth’s Christological Ecclesiology (Ashgate, 2005; reissued in paperback by Cascade, 2013; and by Routledge in 2016). He is also the co-editor of Theology as Conversation: The Significance of Dialogue in Historical and Contemporary Theology (Eerdmans, 2009). His work has been published in numerous journals and collections, including Scottish Journal of Theology, International Journal of Systematic Theology, Theology Today, Christian Scholar's Review, Zeitschrift für dialektische Theologie, Soundings, Sophia, Perspectives in Religious Studies, and Journal of Religion and Society. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the David Allan Hubbard Award from Fuller Theological Seminary, the Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Sioux Falls, and the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics (First Prize).
An ordained Baptist minister raised on the prairie of North Dakota, he has preached in many churches and has served ministries in the Dakotas, California, and New Jersey, and most recently as the Senior Pastor of Oak Hills Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He and his wife Trudy have three children.